Category Archives: Important Announcements

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Tuesday, August 15: Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Assumption of Mary_ContemporaryMass Schedule for the Collaborative

7:00am at St. John Church
9:00am at St. Paul Church
12:00pm at St. John Church
7:00pm at St. Paul Church

Religious Education Registration

Religious-Education-Contemporary_SMALLReligious Education registration for 2017-2018 commenced in early March and concluded on May 31. Any registrations received from this point forward will incur the $25 per child late fee.

Our Wednesday program registration is now closedDue to high enrollment and lack of teacher volunteers we can no longer accommodate additional students on Wednesdays.  If we can recruit additional Wednesday teachers we will re-open Wednesday program registration.

PLEASE CONSIDER BEING A RELIGIOUS ED TEACHER: We once again find ourselves short teachers for our Religious Education program.  You do not need any special skills or abilities, just the willingness to share your faith with the children of our parish.  We provide materials and support to help you and are especially in need for help on Wednesday afternoons.  Whether you are a parent, a grandparent, a high school or college student, or just a parishioner looking to encourage the youth of the parish in their faith, we want to talk to you.  Please contact Linda Messore at to set up a meeting to discuss options and opportunities.  Thank you in advance for considering to volunteer.

We have created a new online registration process that can be accessed from the Religious Ed page of the Parish website.

Please join us this Sunday, July 23 at 9:00am for a special Family Mass and Reception for Chris Holownia, Family Mass Music Director

Chris’ last Sunday as Music Director for the Family Mass will be August 13, but please join us for a special Family Mass on Sunday, July 23 at 9:00am. There will be a special farewell reception for Chris in Powers Hall following Mass.


A Letter from Chris Holownia, Family Mass Music Director

Dear St. John’s Parishioners:

After a long period of discernment, I have decided to pursue a religious vocation to the Jesuits and will enter their novitiate at St. Andrew Hall in Syracuse, NY this coming August.  This announcement is bittersweet, as I have been a member of the St. John Parish community since I was in elementary school and will miss my colleagues, friends, and fellow Family Mass Musicians tremendously. I am both excited and nervous to begin this next chapter of my life, and saying farewell is quite difficult.

I owe a huge debt of gratitude to everyone who has helped to make my experience here such a positive one over the past 10 years: thank you for welcoming me, challenging me, supporting me, and trusting me as I learned the ropes. St. John’s is a special place, and I am proud to call myself a member of this great faith community.  Please know that I will cherish my time here for the rest of my life, bringing my career at St. John’s forward with me wherever I go, and I promise to come back to visit whenever I can!

Chris Holownia

Pauline Sisters Book and Media Fair – July 15-16

The Daughters of St. Paul will be here at our parish after all the Masses on the weekend of July 15th and 16th.

These Media Sisters will bring a wonderful selection of materials which they publish and produce. Be sure to stop by and peruse their display: Spiritual reading, Lives of the Saints, books for Children, DVD’s, music and more!

These wonderful items will assist you with the ongoing faith formation of your family and provide good Summer Spiritual reading. Choose something to enrich your faith or to share it with others! Additionally you can check out their website:

Youth Group “Summer Sundays” at St. Paul
July 9 at 7:00pm: Ice Cream Crawl

Meet at the St. Paul parking lot (behind the church) – bring money for ice cream. All High schoolers from the Collaborative and especially rising 9th graders are welcome.

Come and meet our Youth Ministers and some of the Youth Group members. Bring your friends!

Happy Independence Day!

The St. John-St. Paul Collaborative Offices will be closed for the Independence Day Holiday on Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

Summer Office Hours

St. John Summer Office Hours:

Monday–Thursday:  9:00am – 4:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 1:00pm

(Please Note: St. Paul administrative staff are available in the St. Paul Parish Office every Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 12:00pm.  From 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Monday – Thursday, they are available in the Collaborative Administrative Offices at 39 Washington Street. They can be reached by phone at either location by calling 781-235-1060.)


Due to the excessive heat, tonight’s Faith Conversation is being moved to St. John’s Powers Hall.

We apologize for the late notice, but unfortunately the temperature has not dropped this afternoon as was forecast.

For everyone’s safety and comfort, we are moving tonight’s Faith Conversation from St. Paul’s Parish Hall (which is not air-conditioned) to St. John’s Powers Hall (which IS air-conditioned!)

Tuesday, June 13
7:00 – 9:15pm
St. John Powers Hall

St. John’s Powers Hall is located in the lower level of St. John Church. Parking is available in the school parking lot as well as on Ledyard Street. Both the Ledyard Street and Glen Road entrances to the church will be open.

Our Family Mass Program is on Summer Vacation!

Beginning Sunday, June 25, the 9:00am Mass will be a regular liturgy until the Family Mass returns in September with child-focused  homilies and Donuts & Coffee.

Thank you so much to all the families who volunteered this year for Donuts & Coffee set-up and clean-up. This time after Mass is a wonderful source of community and connection, and the help from our volunteers is greatly appreciated.

Welcome Fr. Robert!

Fr_Robert_BlaneyPlease join us this Sunday, July 18 at the 9:00am Family Mass at St. John as we welcome our new parochial vicar, Fr. Robert Blaney.  A special reception will be held after Mass in Powers Hall.

Father Robert Blaney is thrilled to join the parishes of St. John’s & St. Paul’s.  He was born and raised in Framingham where his parents Jim & Carol still reside.  He is a graduate of Boston College with a B.S. in Business. For 13 years Fr. Blaney was a professional actor in New York City.  His comedy show How Old Is Your Cat?, which he co-wrote and starred in, ran there for over a year.  From 1998 to 2001 he starred in the 2-man play 2 Pianos, 4 Hands on Broadway, in the Canadian production, and on the U.S. National Tour.  Responding to God’s call to the priesthood, he gave notice on his contract, entered St. John’s Seminary in Boston, and was ordained a priest 6 years later in 2007.  Since his ordination, Fr. Blaney has served at St. Mary’s in Franklin, St. Theresa’s in West Roxbury, Gate of Heaven, St. Brigid’s, St. Monica’s & St. Augustine’s in South Boston, and most recently at Sacred Heart & Our Lady Help of Christians parishes in Newton.  In the last three years he was able to combine his love of God and Church with his acting background, appearing in the movie Heart of Faith and performing his 1-man show, A Musical Encore with Father Robert Blaney, which can be found on YouTube.

There will be receptions after the following Masses, please come and extend a welcome to Fr. Blaney.

St. John Parish – June 18 after the 9am Mass. Reception in Powers Hall

St. Paul Parish – June 25 after the 9am Mass. Reception in the Parish Hall